11 Feb 2004 13:17

Interfax-Urals wins regional media contest

Interfax-Urals news agency has won the Uniting People‘s World regional media contest organized by a Uralsvyazinform, a major Russian fixed line communications operator, with the support of the office of the presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District.

The winners were members of the mass media that most fully and impartially cover telecommunications issues. Interfax-Urals received prizes in several nominations.
Interfax-Urals was decorated for "a creative approach to work" and for "popularizing modern communication services in the framework of the federal program Electronic Russia" in the Sverdlovsk region round of the contest.
Interfax-Urals was also named among the three best media outlets operating in the Urals Federal District and Perm region.
"Receiving the title of winner in the Uniting People‘s World professional contest of journalists came as an unexpected but very pleasant surprise to us, because the agency‘s reporters did not always cover the positive aspects of the industry‘s operations," General Director of Interfax-Urals Mikhail Feigin said after the February 10 award ceremony.
"We are grateful to the organizers for their objective evaluation and recognition of our efforts and hope this award will become the first in a line of Interfax-Urals‘ victories in 2004," he added.
Interfax-Urals news agency, established at the beginning of 2002, is part of the Interfax Information Services Group. It specializes in covering developments in the Urals Federal District and has its own newswire combining local and federal news for the mass media, state agencies, companies and banks.
Over two years, Interfax-Urals and its reporters have won numerous professional contests and received diplomas and special prizes. In 2003 alone, Interfax-Urals journalists were decorated with awards instituted by the office of the presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District and the Urals chapter of the Media Union, Sverdlovsk region legislative assembly and trade union federation, and Urals Airlines.